A Mahogany Neoclassical Basin Stand with Columns, Boston, c.1830-40
This basin stand has a dramatic architectural form with a cylindrical revolving door behind two opposing hexagonal columns. The lift-top design of this basin stand was created to give a finished cabinet a "genteel" look to the form, when not in use. The mahogany veneers throughout show great flame and complement the drama of the entire composition. The top is equally as vivid, (see photo below) as is the revolving door, etc.. Aside from the lift-top and revolving door there is also a drawer configured into the base, all of which is supported by vigorously turned feet.
In the world of neoclassical basin stands, this is probably one of the best forms and a mate to it is illustrated in American Furniture in the Pendleton House Museum of Art, RISD, item 16. Another related stand can be found in Three Centuries of American Furniture by Oscar Fitzgerald. Interestingly, it should be noted that there is a marked similarity between this pedestal form and the pedestals that are often integrated into a neoclassical sideboard, appearing at each end. A related example of this basin commode form can also be found in the Museum of the City of New York also with a figured cylindrical door flanked by columns, also supported on turned feet (MMA, 1970, #73).
Height: 34 1/4 in. Width: 20 in. Depth: 17 in.
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